Red Wine Grgic Plavac Mali 2018. The legendary Napa Valley winemaker Miljenko or Mike” Grgich helped put the USA on the map as a top wine producer thanks to the magnificent Chardonnay that he made for Chateau Montelena. This iconic wine was selected at the 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting competition as the top white wine by a panel of French wine experts. The wine beat many of France’s finest Burgundies and showed the potential of the Californian terroir to create world-class fine wines. In recent years Mike has sought inspiration from his native Croatia to create a series of wines inspired by the characterful local grape varieties. This punchy and robust red is made from the finest grapes sourced from Dingac and Postup on the Pelješac peninsula. The land here is full of stunning natural and cultural beauty, including the nearby walled city of Dubrovnik and the gorgeous coastline which provides cooling sea breezes to preserve freshness and aromatics in the wines. Once in the winery the fruit is fermented using natural yeasts and the young wine is then matured in special imported French oak barrels for 15 months. Even after the wine has been bottled it is then matured for another 2 years before Mike decides it is ready to release. This creates a rich, full bodied wine that is bursting with luscious dark berries, hints of wintry spice and a long finish seasoned with delicate floral hints and woodsmoke.
Red Wine Grgic Plavac Mali 2018
Red Wine Gurashvili’s Saperavi Qvevri 2018. It is recommended to decant it for half an hour before serving. The Gurashvili vineyards are located in the village of Tibaani in the Sighnaghi district, in the Kakheti region, the most important wine region of Georgia in quantitative, qualitative and also historical terms. Nearly three-quarters of the country’s wine grapes are grown here, on land that has been used for viticulture for thousands of years.
Red Wine Hahn GSM 2018. Decant 1 hour prior to drinking. A beautiful GSM fashioned after the wines of the Southern Rhone, this Grenache dominant blend displays a red color with hints of purple on the rim, and a tantalizing nose of cherries, blueberries, white pepper, and baking spices. On the palate, fine grained tannins contribute to an exceptionally smooth yet energetic mouthfeel, with raspberries, cloves, and black pepper taking the lead on a long spicy finish. A great wine to drink on a warm summer evening, this medium-to-full bodied wine would pair exceptionally well with barbecued chicken, cassoulet with duck confit, or on its own as an aperitif with pungent cheeses that can stand up to its deep flavor. Sourced from sustainably grown Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes from the Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Paso Robles AVA’s, the Hahn GSM Blend embodies the Hahn Family Wines approach to winemaking. This includes extended maceration of the grapes, gentle pressing, and cold soaking which leads to a wine of exceptional aromatic intensity, with 40% new French oak smoothing out tannins and lending subtle flavors that add to the complexity of the wine. A second-generation family owned winery, Hahn Family Wines was pivotal in establishing the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in 1991, just 11 years after their founding in 1980. They have remained stalwart supporters of Monterey County Wines ever since.